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April 18, 2023

Assembly Public Safety Committee, Assemblymember Marie Waldron, Nick Sackett, Rebecca Katz.


AB 829, The Animal Cruelty & Violence Intervention Act, Passes Assembly

Public Safety Committee


April 18, 2023, Sacramento, CA –  Today, Assembly Bill 829, the Animal Cruelty & Violence Intervention Act, authored by Assemblywoman Marie Waldron (R-Valley Center) passed the Assembly Public Safety Committee with a unanimous vote. The bill, sponsored by Social Compassion in Legislation, will expand currently required counseling for violations of Penal Code 597 to additional sections pertaining to animal abuse, such as those involving malicious violence, willful poisoning, or bestiality. The bill also codifies language which encourages a judge to order a psychological evaluation and, if deemed beneficial after evaluation, to undergo a higher level of counseling in lieu of current mandated counseling.

“We are in the midst of a mental health crisis in California, and those who intentionally inflict harm on animals are part of it,” said Assemblymember Waldron. “Counseling and mental health evaluations are critical safeguards to ensuring cases of animal abuse decrease and the lives of these innocent creatures are saved.”

Over the past 30 years, researchers and professionals, led by Dr. Kenneth Shapiro of the Animal and Society Institute, in a variety of human services and animal welfare disciplines, have established significant correlations (the “Link”) between animal abuse, child abuse and neglect, domestic violence, elder abuse and other violent crimes.

Despite the recognition of this link between violence to animals and to humans, current sentencing options for animal abuse crimes are largely punitive measures that do little to help end the cycle of violence or rehabilitate offenders. Fines, jail time, probation and forced animal

surrender are the primarily utilized options, but may not be enough to address the underlying issues leading to animal abuse. Appropriate mental health evaluation and counseling are essential for public safety and stop the abuser from abusing.

"Over the many years of my work, I've seen case after case demonstrating the link between animal cruelty and human violence, particularly in domestic violence situations," testified Rebecca Katz, Community Solutions Director for Animal Rescue Foundation - Walnut Creek.

"When there is violence to an animal, you can bet there is or will be violence to a human," said Judie Mancuso, Founder & President of Social Compassion in Legislation.

"People convicted of animal abuse crimes need help. This bill expands mandated counseling for animal abuse convictions and calls for psychological evaluations to help prevent the abuser from further crimes against both animals and humans. Yes, people must be punished for hurting animals, but they also need counseling with the hope of fixing their underlying emotional and psychological issues before they do it again or go on to hurt humans."

"This “link” between animal abuse and violence against humans must prompt us to advance measures, like this bill, to not only prevent future animal cruelty but also violence towards humans," said Nickolaus Sackett, Director of Legislative Affairs for Social Compassion in Legislation.

AB 829 will be heard next in the Assembly Appropriations Committee.


Yesterday, our friends in the City of West Hollywood voted to ban the sale and use of inhumane glue traps. The first of its kind in North America!

Glue traps have long been recognized worldwide to be cruel and indiscriminate. They are intended for rodents and insects and for animals considered vermin. However, they frequently trap other animals, including rabbits, opossums, and even companion animals. It is not uncommon for birds, attracted by insects caught in the devices to also become unintended victims of the traps. Often times, animals immobilized by the glue remain alive for several days, ultimately suffering a slow death by starvation and dehydration.

“I am both proud of the City of West Hollywood for taking this bold action to further and ethically treat all animals while also thankful for the community that helped bring forth this change. Together, we can (and are) creating new pathways for cities to act more ethically when it comes to the treatment of animals," stated the City of West Hollywood's Mayor Pro Tempore, John M. Erickson, PhD.

"The City of West Hollywood has always been a leader on issues related to animal welfare.  Last night, my council colleagues and I enthusiastically adopted an ordinance to prohibit the use and sale of glue traps within the city because these devices are sadistic and cruel.  As a compassionate and progressive city, it is incumbent on us to find more humane alternatives to rodent and pest control. I appreciate the work of Dr. Jim Jensvold, Professor Taimie Bryant, and their team on this issue and for inspiring me to bring this initiative forward," said Councilmember Lauren Meister, City of West Hollywood.

"I am more than pleased that the West Hollywood City Council voted unanimously to ban the use and sale of glue traps. The Council was sincere and thoughtful, listened, and proved once again to be the national leader in matters of animal protection," said Dr. Jim Jensvold, President, Democrats for the Protection of Animals. "Glue traps, intended for rodents and other "unwanted" animals, often immobilize and kill animals, including birds and pets, not intended for the traps. Glue traps have long been known by so many to be so undeniable cruel, that it really is surprising that these inhumane and indiscriminate devices, which cause slow, agonizing deaths for trapped animals, are legal anywhere."

Please click HERE to read the staff report.

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Sacramento, April 14, 2023 - The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) has awarded $580,456 for 23 projects to help stop pet overpopulation through spay and neuter services provided by municipalities and non-profit organizations in California.

Nine projects have received $396,456 from the Pet Lover’s License Plate Grant Program and 15 projects have received $184,000 from the Prevention of Animal Homelessness and Cruelty Voluntary Tax Contribution Fund.

Funded projects will support spay and neuter activities throughout California, including low cost spays and neuters for residents in high poverty areas and underserved communities, projects that target frequently-sheltered dog breeds like pit bulls and chihuahuas, and projects that reduce feral cat colonies in low-income communities through trap, neuter, release programs.

The Pet Lover’s License Plate Grant Program is funded with proceeds generated through the sale of specialized license plates through the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) and would not be possible without the hard work and dedication of the California Spay and Neuter License Plate Fund, Inc. 

You can help support the Pet Lover’s License Plate program by purchasing a special interest license plate at your local DMV office or online today.

The Prevention of Animal Homeless and Cruelty Voluntary Tax Contribution Fund is supported by California taxpayer contributions. Taxpayers can designate on their tax return a specific amount in excess of their tax liability, to be transferred to the Fund to provide additional financial resources for the program.

Project abstracts and a list of awards are available online at:

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Judie Mancuso, founder/CEO/president

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